Category: Corporations

Chris Gaal: A Tale of Fear and Greed

Chris Gaal   For years far-right critics of Social Security have warned of the impending financial collapse and bankruptcy of our nation’s public pension system. Suddenly, these predictions of doom burst into the headlines of the major news media. Are we finally going to have to face the music about Social Security’s coming insolvency? The Read more…

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Henry A. Giroux: Disney, Southern Baptists, & Children’s Culture

Henry A. Giroux   The Southern Baptist Convention in June generated a lot of media attention when it called for a boycott of the Disney Company for promoting "immoral ideologies such as homosexuality." The Southern Baptists were angry because Disney sponsors "Gay Days" at its theme parks, provides health benefits to the domestic partners of Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Market Democracy in a Neoliberal Order: Doctrines and Reality

Noam Chomsky   I have been asked to speak on some aspect of academic or human freedom, an invitation that offers many choices. I will keep to some simple ones. Freedom without opportunity is a devil’s gift, and the refusal to provide such opportunities is criminal. The fate of the more vulnerable offers a sharp Read more…

Christopher Cook: From Welfare to Profit Shares

Christopher Cook   The four qualifying words in President Clinton’s pledge to end welfare—"as we know it"—are proving to be the ultimate twist of the dagger in the heart of public assistance. While ending AFDC, America’s 61-year-old guarantee of aid to poor families, Clinton’s reforms extend $28 billion worth of new contract opportunities to for-profit Read more…

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Joel Kovel: Bad News for Fast Food: What’s wrong with McDonald’s?

In 1990, London Greenpeace circulated a six-page leaflet entitled "What’s Wrong With McDonald’s? Everything they don’t want you to know." The ever-vigilant fast-food merchant did what it routinely does in such instances: threaten with law suits; and four of the six activists who put out the broadsheet did what others have done when faced with Read more…

Tom Lewiston: Motown ’97

Tom Lewiston   In one of Labor’s historic strongholds and the birthplace of the United Auto Workers’ Union war has again been declared on the working class. Near Flint, Michigan the city made famous by the sit-down strikes of the 1930s and the organizing by the CIO in the auto industry, the war against working Read more…

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Edward Herman: Pol Pot And Kissinger

Edward S. Herman The hunt is on once again for war criminals, with ongoing trials of accused Serbs in The Hague, NATO raids seizing and killing other accused Serbs, and much discussion and enthusiasm in the media for bringing Pol Pot to trial, which the editors of the New York Times assure us would be Read more…

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Stephen R. Shalom: New Jersey Jokes

R. Shalom   Nineteen ninety-seven is an off-year for mainstream electoral politics in the United States—there are no House or Senate races and only two states are holding gubernatorial contests—so considerable national attention will be focused on the New Jersey governor’s election. The implications of this election may go well beyond the Garden State. Christine Read more…

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Site Administrator: CrossCurrents: Imagine A Country

Holly Sklar   Imagine a country where one out of four children is born into poverty, and wealth is being redistributed upward. Since the 1970s, the top 1 percent of families have doubled their share of the nation’s wealth—while the percentage of children living in extreme poverty has also doubled. Highlighting growing wage inequality, the Read more…

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Edward Herman: The Economics of the Rich

S. Herman   Back in 1849, the British economist Nassau Senior chided those defending trade unions and minimum wage regulations for expounding an "economics of the poor." The idea that he and his establishment confreres were putting forth an "economics of the rich" never occurred to him; he thought of himself as a scientist and Read more…

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